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Pain Relief

Bringing your own pain relievers from your home country can be expensive, and if you tend to bring large amounts, a lot of it may expire before you even get a chance to use it.

Luckily, you can find either the same or comparable pain relievers in Japan at any local drug store.

Select an active ingredient from the left or scroll through to see the whole list of the most popular pain relievers in Japan.

If you take an MAOI, warfarin, blood pressure medication, or any other regular medication for a mental or physical disease or condition, are pregnant, nursing, or simply not sure, consult your doctor before taking any over-the-counter medication.

Japanese OTC labels often do not provide medication-specific warnings, so if you're unsure of drug interactions, be safe and ask your doctor before taking anything.

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Acetaminophen

This NSAID (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug) is common in the U.S. and other countries, but in Japan is difficult to obtain without a prescription.


Tylenol A

Tylenol A

Active ingredients (per 1 caplet):

  • Acetaminophen 300mg


Inactive ingredients: Cellulose, pregelatinized starch, hydroxypropyl cellulose, carboxymethylcellulose calcium, magnesium stearate, hypromellose, D-mannitol, titanium oxide, talc, carnauba wax

Instructions for use: Adults and children 15 years and over: Take 1 caplet every 4-6 hours as needed for pain, up to 3 times daily. Do not exceed 3 caplets per day. Do not take this medicine with other products containing acetaminophen. Children under 15 should not take this medicine.

Ask your doctor or pharmacist before use if you take any regular prescription medications or are currently taking another medication.

English source: http://takeda-kenko.jp/en/products/genestu/tylenol.html

Japanese source: http://tylenol.jp/tylenola.html


Aspirin

This common NSAID is highly available in drug stores and is cheaper than other pain relievers. The most commonly used brand is Bufferin, though Bayer and some smaller brands do exist, but may be hard to find depending on where you live.


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Bufferin A

Active ingredients (per 1 tablet):

  • Acetylsalicylic acid (aspirin) 330mg
  • Synthetic hydrotalcite (antacid) 100mg


Inactive ingredients (per 1 tablet):
Corn starch, magnesium stearate, hydroxypropylmethyl cellulose, titanium oxide, polyethylene glycol, blue #1.
** this is a non-pyrazolone medication

Instructions for use: Adults and children 15 years and over: Take 2 tablets every 6 to 8 hours, up to twice daily. Do not exceed 4 tablets per 24 hours. Avoid taking this medicine on an empty stomach. If symptoms persist for more than 10 days, see a physician.Do not take this medicine with other products containing aspirin.
Children under 15 should not take this medicine.

Ask your doctor or pharmacist before use if you take any regular prescription medications or are currently taking another medication.

English source: https://www.lion.co.jp/en/products/html/pro_d008.htm

Aspirin precautions: The company that makes this product does not have precautions on Bufferin A in English. The following link is to general precautions regarding aspirin products.

English precautions: http://www.webmd.com/drugs/2/drug-1082-3/aspirin-oral/

Japanese source: http://www.bufferin.net/a/product.htm



Ibuprofen

While this NSAID is widely available and inexpensive in other countries, it is quite expensive in Japan, averaging ¥100 or more per capsule/tablet.



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Ringl IB

Active ingredients per 1 capsule/

  • Ibuprofen 150mg


Inactive ingredients: Poysorbate 80, potassium hydroxide, gelatin, succinylated gelatin, corn starch derived sugar alcohol, yellow #3

Instructions for use: Adults and children 15 years and over: Take 1 capsule every 4-6 hours as needed for pain, up to 3 times daily. Do not take this medicine with other products containing ibuprofen. Children under 15 should not take this medicine.

Ask your doctor or pharmacist before use if you take any regular prescription medications or are currently taking another medication.

Ibuprofen precautions: The company that makes this product does not have precautions on Ringl IB in English. The following link is to general precautions regarding ibuprofen products.

English precautions: http://www.webmd.com/drugs/2/drug-5166-9368/ibuprofen-oral/

Japanese source: http://search.sato-seiyaku.co.jp/pdf/rg.pdf



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Ringl IB 200

Active ingredients (per 1 capsule):

  • Ibuprofen 200mg


Inactive ingredients: Poysorbate 80, potassium hydroxide, gelatin, succinylated gelatin, corn starch derived sugar alcohol, yellow #3

Instructions for use: Adults and children 15 years and over: Take 1 capsule every 6-8 hours as needed for pain, up to 2 times daily.
Do not take this medicine with other products containing ibuprofen. Children under 15 should not take this medicine.

Ask your doctor or pharmacist before use if you take any regular prescription medications or are currently taking another medication.

Ibuprofen precautions: The company that makes this product does not have precautions on Ringl IB in English. The following link is to general precautions regarding ibuprofen products.

English precautions: http://www.webmd.com/drugs/2/drug-5166-9368/ibuprofen-oral/

Japanese source: http://search.sato-seiyaku.co.jp/pdf/rg200.pdf


Ringl IB 200 tablets

Ringl IB 200 tablets

Active ingredients (per 1 tablet):

  • Ibuprofen 200mg


Inactive ingredients:Silicon dioxide, hydroxypropyl cellulose, aluminum silicate, croscarmellose sodium, magnesium stearate, hypromellose, titanium oxide

Instructions for use: Adults and children 15 years and over: Take 1 tablet every 6-8 hours as needed for pain, up to 2 times daily.
Do not take this medicine with other products containing ibuprofen. Children under 15 should not take this medicine.

Ask your doctor or pharmacist before use if you take any regular prescription medications or are currently taking another medication.

Ibuprofen precautions: The company that makes this product does not have precautions on Ringl IB in English. The following link is to general precautions regarding ibuprofen products.

English precautions: http://www.webmd.com/drugs/2/drug-5166-9368/ibuprofen-oral/

Japanese source: http://search.sato-seiyaku.co.jp/pdf/56.pdf



Loxoprofen

This NSAID is primarily sold in Mexico, South America, and Japan, not to be confused with naproxen sodium (Aleve, etc.), which is not sold in Japan.



Loxonin S

Loxonin S

Active Ingredients (per 1 tablet):

  • Loxoprofen sodium 68.1mg


Inactive ingredients: Hydroxypropyl cellulose, magnesium stearate, lactose hydrate, anhydrous ferric oxide.

Instructions for use:
Adults and children 15 years and over: Take 1 tablet every 4-6 hours as needed for pain, up to 2 tablets per day. If symptoms persist, a 3rd tablet may be taken.
Do not exceed 3 tablets per 24 hours. Take with hot or cold water.
Do not take this medicine with other products containing loxoprofen sodium. Children under 15 should not take this medicine

Ask your doctor or pharmacist before use if you take any regular prescription medications or are currently taking another medication.

English source: https://www.daiichisankyo-hc.co.jp/package_insert_foreign/pdf/

Japanese source: http://www.daiichisankyo-hc.co.jp/site_loxonin-s/naifuku/


Loxonin S Plus

Loxonin S Plus

Active Ingredients (per 1 tablet):

  • Loxoprofen sodium 68.1 mg
  • Magnesium oxide 33.3mg


Inactive ingredients: Lactose, cellulose, hydroxypropyl cellulose, croscarmellose sodium, calcium stearate, hypromellose, titanium oxide, anhydrous ferric oxide, carnauba wax

Instructions for use: Adults and children 15 years and over: Take one tablet at onset of symptoms. Avoid taking on an empty stomach and take with cold or tepid water every 4-6 hours, up to 2 times per day.
If symptoms persist, this medication can be taken up to 3 times in 24 hours. Do not take this medicine with other products containing loxoprofen sodium. Children under 15 should not take this medicine.

Ask your doctor or pharmacist before use if you take any regular prescription medications or are currently taking another medication.

English source: https://www.daiichisankyo-hc.co.jp/package_insert_foreign/pdf/

Japanese source: http://www.daiichisankyo-hc.co.jp/site_loxonin-s/naifuku/products/



Bufferin EX

Bufferin EX

Active ingredients (per 1 tablet):

  • Loxoprofen sodium hydrate 68.1 mg (as loxoprofen sodium anhydride, 60mg)
  • Aluminum hydroxide powder 120mg (antacid)


Inactive ingredients (per 1 tablet): lactose, hydroxypropyl cellulose, silicon dioxide, magnesium stearate, anhydrous ferric oxide

Instructions for use: Adults and children 15 years and over: Take 1 tablet twice daily. For persistent symptoms, take no more than 3 times daily. Do not take this medicine with other products containing loxoprofen sodium.
Children under 15 should not take this medicine.

Ask your doctor or pharmacist before use if you take any regular prescription medications or are currently taking another medication.

Japanese source: http://www.bufferin.net/ex-pain/product/



Combination

Combination pain relievers are medicines that contain more than one active ingredient (excluding antacids). The other active qingredients may include other NSAIDs, caffeine, minerals, or light sedatives. They are often advertised for menstrual pain relief, moderate pain, and strong headaches.



 Bufferin Premium

Bufferin Premium

Active ingredients (per 2 tablets):

  • Ibuprofen 130mg
  • Acetaminophen 130mg
  • Caffeine anhydrous 80mg
  • allylisopropylacetylurea (Apronal) 60mg
  • Aluminum hydroxide powder 70mg


Inactive ingredients (per 2 tablets): Cellulose, hydroxypropyl cellulose, lactic acid, D-mannitol, dihydrogen phosphate K, silicon dioxide, magnesium stearate, polyvinyl alcohol (partially saponified), talc, titanium oxide, soy lecithin.

Instructions for use: Adults and children 15 years and over: take 2 tablets every 4+ hours up to 3 times daily with cold or tepid water. Avoid taking on an empty stomach. Do not take this medicine with other products containing acetaminophen or ibuprofen.

Ask your doctor or pharmacist before use if you take any regular prescription medications or are currently taking another medication.

Japanese source: http://www.bufferin.net/premium/product/index.htm



bufferin_luna

Bufferin Lunai (advertised for menstrual pain relief)

Active ingredients (per2 tablets):

  • Ibuprofen 130mg
  • Acetaminophen 130mg
  • Caffeine anhydrous 80mg
  • Aluminum hydroxide powder 70mg


Inactive ingredients: Hydroxypropyl cellulose, D-mannitol, lactic acid, Magnesium stearate, polyvinyl alcohol (partially saponified), titanium oxide, talc, soy lecithin.

Instructions for use: Adults and children 15 years and over: Take 2 tablets every 4 to 6 hours as needed. Do not exceed 6 tablets per day. Do not take this medicine with other products containing acetaminophen or ibuprofen.
Children under 15 should not take this medicine.

Ask your doctor or pharmacist before use if you take any regular prescription medications or are currently taking another medication.

Japanese source: http://www.bufferin.net/lunai/product.htm



Loxonin S Premium

Loxonin S Premium

Active ingredients (per 2 tablets):

  • Loxoprofen sodium 68.1mg
  • Allyl isopropyl acetyl urea (Apronal) 60mg
  • Caffeine anhydrous 50mg
  • Magnesium aluminometasilicate 100mg


Inactive ingredients Lactose, cellulose, hydroxypropyl cellulose, croscarmellose sodium, magnesium stearate, hypromellose, titanium oxide, talc, ferric oxide, carnauba wax

Instructions for use: Children and adults 15 years and over: Take one tablet at onset of symptoms. Avoid taking on an empty stomach and take with cold or tepid water every 4-6 hours, up to 2 times per day.
If symptoms persist, this medication can be taken up to 3 times in 24 hours. Do not take this medicine with other products containing loxoprofen sodium or Apronal. Children under 15 should not take this medicine.

Ask your doctor or pharmacist before use if you take any regular prescription medications or are currently taking another medication.

English source: https://www.daiichisankyo-hc.co.jp/package_insert_foreign/

Japanese source: http://www.daiichisankyo-hc.co.jp/site_loxonin-s/naifuku/products/



Eve A (advertised for menstrual pain relief)

Active ingredients (per 2 tablets):

  • Ibuprofen 150mg
  • Allyl isopropyl acetyl urea (Apronal) 60mg
  • Caffeine anhydrous 80mg


Inactive ingredients: Croscarmellose sodium, silicic anhydride, cellulose, hydroxypropyl cellulose, hypromellose, polyethylene glycol, magnesium stearate, talc, titanium oxide.

Instructions for use: Adults and children 15 years and over: take 2 tablets with cold or tepid water every 4 to 6 hours, up to 3 times daily. Do not exceed 6 tablets in 24 hours. Do not take this medicine with other products containing ibuprofen or Apronal. Children under 15 should not take this medicine.

Ask your doctor or pharmacist before use if you take any regular prescription medications or are currently taking another medication.

English source : http://www.ssp.co.jp/eve/en/

Japanese source: http://www.ssp.co.jp/product/all/evea/



Eve A EX (advertised for menstrual pain relief)

Active ingredients (per 2 tablets):

  • Ibuprofen 200mg
  • Allyl isopropyl acetyl urea (Apronal) 60mg
  • Caffeine anhydrous 80mg


Inactive ingredients: Croscarmellose sodium, silicic anhydride, cellulose, hydroxypropyl cellulose, hypromellose, polyethylene glycol, magnesium stearate, talc, titanium oxide.

Instructions for use: Adults and children 15 years and over: take 2 tablets with cold or tepid water every 4 to 6 hours, up to 3 times daily. Do not exceed 6 tablets in 24 hours. Do not take this medicine with other products containing ibuprofen or Apronal. Children under 15 should not take this medicine.

Ask your doctor or pharmacist before use if you take any regular prescription medications or are currently taking another medication.

English source : http://www.ssp.co.jp/eve/en/

Japanese source: http://www.ssp.co.jp/product/all/eveaex/



Eve Quick

Eve Quick (advertised for menstrual pain relief)

Active ingredients (per 2 tablets):

  • Ibuprofen 150mg
  • Magnesium Oxide 100mg
  • Allyl isopropyl acetyl urea (Apronal) 60mg
  • Caffeine anhydrous 80mg


Inactive ingredients: Silicic anhydride, cellulose, hydroxypropyl cellulose, hypromellose, polyethylene glycol, magnesium stearate, talc, titanium oxide

Instructions for use: Adults and children 15 years and over: take 2 tablets with cold or tepid water every 4-6 hours, up to 3 times daily. Do not exceed 6 tablets in 24 hours. Do not take this medicine with other products containing ibuprofen or Apronal. Children under 15 should not take this medicine.

Ask your doctor or pharmacist before use if you take any regular prescription medications or are currently taking another medication.

English source : http://www.ssp.co.jp/eve/en/

Japanese source: http://www.ssp.co.jp/product/all/eveq/



eve_quickDX

Eve Quick DX (advertised for menstrual pain relief)

Active ingredients (per 2 tablets):

  • Ibuprofen 200mg
  • Magnesium oxide 100mg
  • Allyl isopropyl acetyl urea (Apronal) 60mg
  • Caffeine anhydrous 80mg


Inactive ingredients: Silicic anhydride, cellulose, hydroxypropyl cellulose, hypromellose, polyethylene glycol, magnesium stearate, talc, titanium oxide

Instructions for use: Adults and children 15 years and over: take 2 tablets with cold or tepid water every 6 to 8 hours, up to 2 times daily. Do not exceed 4 tablets in 24 hours. Do not take this medicine with other products containing ibuprofen or Apronal. Children under 15 should not take this medicine.

Ask your doctor or pharmacist before use if you take any regular prescription medications or are currently taking another medication.

English source : http://www.ssp.co.jp/eve/en/

EveQuick DX Japanese source: http://www.ssp.co.jp/product/all/eveqdx/


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